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Capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur at night

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Kuala Lumpur, also known as KL, is the cosmopolitan and highly modern capital city of Malaysia. The city is home to the Malaysia Formula 1 Grand Prix and is famous for its Petronas Towers, colonial architecture and almost unlimited shopping.

Why go?

This bustling city is one of the major places in the Far East for travellers to visit and gives a fantastic insight into Malaysian culture and history...

Malaysia is a cultural microcosm of Asia and it's easy to see both Chinese and Indo influence. To the south of the city centre is Brickfields, also known as Little India, a great place for finding artisan gifts and delicious food. Chow Kit to the north of the centre is another decent shopping area as well as a popular place to find accommodation.

Cultural highlights include the National Museum, The National Art Gallery and the National Museum of the Islamic Arts. Visitors with children will enjoy the Berjaya Times Square Theme Park, an indoor theme park, as well as the Aquaria KLCC, a vast aquarium in the heart of the city. For a sample of the Malaysian rainforest, visitors can head to the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, a forest found in the centre of the city.

The Petronas Towers and KL Tower are found within the commercial centre of the city, The Golden Triangle, which is also a great place for shopping and where you'll find the famed Central Market. The Old Town is the place to view colonial architecture, especially on Merdeka Square as well as where the city's world famous Chinatown is.

It's also worth leaving the city to explore the rest of this beautiful country. Highlights include the Cameron Highlands and Penang which all help to make more of a cheap flight to Kuala Lumpur.

How to get there?

Kuala Lumpur flights arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) and take around 13 hours non-stop from the UK...

Malaysian Airlines is the only airline flying direct to KL; flights leave London Heathrow several times daily. As with most destinations in the Far East you can also reach the capital on connecting flights via various European, Middle Eastern and Far East gateways.

Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad fly from London as well as Manchester and other UK regional airports via their Middle Eastern hubs. Flights take upwards of 16 hours to reach Malaysia.

Air France and KLM fly from around the UK via Paris and Amsterdam, as does Lufthansa. Turkish Airlines has swift connections via Istanbul.

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Getting to and from the airport

The airport is well connected to the capital and the rest of Malaysia. A car rental makes for excellent onwards transport...

KUL is one of the world's most up to date airports and express trains form the airport reach KL Station in less than 30 minutes. There are a number of buses including coach and shuttle options which also take visitors to the centre of the city.

Car rental is easy with driving on the left and many vehicles familiar to UK drivers. Pre-book your rental here in the UK for the best prices.

Where to stay?

As a modern and busy city, there is no shortage of places to stay when looking for hotels in Kuala Lumpur...

If you are looking to stay in a high end hotel, then head for areas such as Bukit Bintan and KLCC, where you will find brands such as Shangri La with their five star properties. Standards are high and the prices far more affordable than you may imagine. You will also find designer shopping in these areas and plenty of places to eat out and drink in.

Chinatown has more modest hotels along streets such as Petaling Street, making them great places to rest your head if you are planning on trawling the markets for great value shopping.